Borlaug and his associates set out to develop strains of wheat that could resist diseases and pests, and thus improve yields.
In Masters of Atlantis, newspaper people “treat as pests those who walk in off the street with inquiries, or even news.”
And cotton crops would often fail when pests like the boll weevil tore through the fields.
1550s (in imprecations, "a pest upon ____," etc.), "plague, pestilence," from Middle French peste (1530s), from Latin pestis "deadly contagious disease; a curse, bane," of uncertain origin. Meaning "noxious or troublesome person or thing" first recorded c.1600.
Hungarian capital, formed 1872 from merger of two cities on opposite shores of the Danube, Buda (probably from a word originally meaning "water") + Pest, a Hungarian word meaning "furnace, oven, cove," also in Slavic (cf. Russian pech'). Cf. Ofen, literally "oven," the old German name for the place.
An injurious plant or animal, especially one harmful to humans.
A deadly epidemic disease; a pestilence.